The government on Friday, decided to temporarily restrict all food outlets within the Greater Male' Region starting March 22, 0000 hrs.
According to the Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, outlets may serve their customers through takeaways but all dine-ins are barred.
The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 220,800 and claimed over 8,980 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 85,770 have recovered.
Maldives currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigu, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each. No locals have tested positive for the virus as of yet.